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Thank you once again for your response and comments on the butterflies from Maolin in Taiwan.

While walking at the end of the afternoon along the Duona river in the Hongcheng Gorge near the village of Duona, I got very excited when I saw this most amazing moth. The wingspan is about 10cm! I had never seen anything like it! It was very obliging as it let me take many photos.

This beautiful moth does not have a mouth so cannot feed. Its life is very short: about a week. I feel very privileged to have seen one.

f9 1/60th sec flash spot metering slight crop

Hoping you will like this surprising moth.

Have a pleasant evening,


Tags: Close-up and macro Landscape and travel Wildlife and nature

Voters: Borzos, lifesnapper, chrissie3 and 51 more

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Daisymaye Plus
8 23 10 Canada
10 Mar 2009 7:02PM
Super close-ups...Like V1 best...Sandy

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CarolG Plus
9 196 18 Greece
10 Mar 2009 7:07PM
What a stunning capture, Jean-Noel, fabulous colours and detail. Carol
Maiwand Plus
9 3 72 England
10 Mar 2009 7:10PM
Amazing capture Jean Noel. I have never see anything like it. Well spotted.
KarenFB Plus
10 4.7k 167 England
10 Mar 2009 7:26PM
This is amazing, you've caught it brilliantly. I have heard of a Luna Moth, but have never (nor am I likely to) seen one.
Alec1 8 4 United Kingdom
10 Mar 2009 7:26PM
Stunning shot of a very special creature.
Thanks for you comments on my upload.
Bob_V 9 1 2 United States
10 Mar 2009 7:28PM
Three stunners, such great detail and clarity, superb work.
norton 12 6 United Kingdom
10 Mar 2009 7:31PM
Excellent captures JNC well spotted....................

TyChee Plus
11 275 1 United States
10 Mar 2009 7:41PM
Excellent macro work.
Bodiewil 9 46 Wales
10 Mar 2009 7:44PM
Wonderful captures JNC
taggart Plus
12 47 13 United States
10 Mar 2009 8:14PM
We have a related species, I am sure-- got me excited now-- I will look it up

tis the LUNA moth-- It also has a short life span-- I got some great pictures last spring (posted)--- very excited!
Koert 8 36 Netherlands
10 Mar 2009 8:29PM
stunning both moth and pics!

photophantom 8 108 3 Philippines
10 Mar 2009 8:31PM
10 Mar 2009 9:22PM
even more beautiful in large version well captured-ay
Ray42 8 3 England
10 Mar 2009 9:23PM
Three cracking shots - full of detail and interest
Buffalo_Tom Plus
10 2.3k 9 Wales
10 Mar 2009 10:25PM
What a lovely moth,well captured.
rontear Plus
13 8 8 England
10 Mar 2009 10:57PM
Incredible moth Jean. Superbly taken. Ron.
DolphinLady 10 54 1 Wales
10 Mar 2009 11:36PM
What an amazing capture.
Well spotted.
jaktis Plus
12 84 Sweden
11 Mar 2009 7:14AM
This is an amazing moth

cheesey 10 2 United Kingdom
11 Mar 2009 9:47AM
Great shots, lovely detail.
11 Mar 2009 11:44AM
An amazing set of captures,brilliant detail.

Jean x
Stace Plus
8 2 2 England
11 Mar 2009 4:28PM
Great set

microchip 9 1 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2009 9:26PM
A superb set of Images, the detail in V." is quite remarkable

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